Willem Breuker: Potsdamer Stomp

Track

Potsdamer Stomp

Group

Willem Breuker Kollektief

CD

The Parrot (BVHAAST CD 9601)

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Musicians:

Willem Breuker (reeds),

and his Kollektief

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Composed by Willem Breuker

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Recorded: The Hague (Netherlands), December 31, 1995

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

This mythical Dutch band (actually one of Europe’s first “free” orchestras) never forgot where it came from: the street parades and street theatre of carefree post-'68 Holland. That’s where the energy of the WBK originates, that’s where their horns took up their raunchy sounds, where their rhythm section built its funky honky-tonk beat. But listening to this powerful, basic, playful track, one may also easily guess that the way the WBK plays here is also the best compensation they’ve found for not being born in New Orleans a few decades earlier. And indeed, if you close your eyes, they might convince you they actually were.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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